has chosen one of Ann's poems for their June 2022 publication.
Ann participated as a juror for the 2023 Scholastic Visual Arts,
held at Marian University, for the state of Indiana.
She was also a juror for the 2019, 2020, 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
held at Butler University.
(For Covid reasons, there was no 2021 competition.)
She served on the middle and high school panels for Painting (2022), Painting & Printmaking (2020) and Painting & Sculpture (2019 & 2023), for the state of Indiana.
Winners in this round moved on to the National Medalist competition.
This program, founded in 1923, was created to encourage students in grades 7-12
to become active in the visual arts and poetry.
Amanda Gorman is an alumna of the program. She read her poem at the
2021 Presidential Inauguration.
Other notable alumni of the program are Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Zac Posen, and Frances Farmer.
Lori Waxman, Art Historian & Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Contemporary Art Critic for The Chicago Tribune, was in town the first week of May 2019. Her live performance "60 Wrd/Min Art Critic" was held at the Herron School of Art & Design. She guaranteed a brief, serious review to the 30 artists who were fortunate to schedule an appointment with her during her 4 day visit.
After studying 6 of Ann's paintings, Lori turned to Ann and said,
"These paintings are really terrific!"
For Eva Kor A-7063 was selected for the 2020-2021 Hoosier Women Artists Exhibit,
to be displayed in The Indiana Statehouse for two years.
This year's exhibit is a celebration of women and commemoration of the women's suffrage centennial anniversary.
Eva Kor was an Auschwitz survivor. She was born in 1934 in Romania, and died in 2019 in Poland, while on an educational trip. Thirty years of her life were spent in Terre Haute, IN, where she founded the CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) Holocaust Museum and Educational Center.
Eva's family arrived at the concentration camp by train cattle car in 1944. As a twin, she was considered an asset to the Nazis and their medical experiments. She and her twin were pulled to the left in the separation process. The remainder of her family was torn away never to be seen again. Eva, and her sister Miriam, survived the camp after being liberated by the Soviets.
In the 1990s, after years of debilitating grief, it occured to her that she possessed the power to forgive. Eva's mission for the remainder of her life was to find forgiveness in her heart, which resulted in her Declaration of Amnesty. Upon completion, she presented the document to Dr. Hans Munch a Nazi who witnessed the selection process and gassing of thousands of innocent people.
Munch was acquitted of war crimes in 1947.
Continuing the Party
IUPUI's Cultural Arts Gallery is excited to announce a juried community art exhibit that will take place in May 2014. The theme of the exhibit is “Continuing the Party”.
This exhibit honors the women in our lives by carrying forth the theme of Judy Chicago’s 1979 work, “The Dinner Party”. The 1979 “Dinner Party” is a collaborative piece that focuses on 39 women/feminine presences who have impacted world events and belief systems throughout the ages. For this year’s “Continuing the Party” exhibit, they are seeking artwork that celebrates the women in our lives - whether those women are spiritual presences, historical figures, cultural icons, or loved ones.
Ann's painting, Marie's Secret Dream, was selected for this exhibit.
In the Night Garden
after a painting by Ann McGriffin
In my night garden
I bathe in the waters
of a swollen moon.
Part of me breaks loose
and glides over darkness
rising from the bottom.
Somewhere off to the side
the sun hides
behind a cloud
but I'm not drawn
to those rays. In the light
of the bursting moon
I yearn to descend
deeper into my darkness
until it yields words
that open like buds
at the break of dawn
into song I sing.
---Norbert Krapf, Indiana Poet Laureate 2008-2010
In the Night Garden, a poem by Norbert Krapf, & Night Garden, oil on canvas, by Ann McGriffin
appear together in the March~April 2013 copy of Branches Magazine.
BRANCHES provides a forum for topics including personal growth, health care, the environment,
"Tell me where you came from, before you forget..." Herron School of Art & Design Alumni Show, COMING HOME, September 2011
REMEMBERING 9/11 an exhibit of the New-York Historical Society
The exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition here is new york: a democracy of photographs). One of Ann's photographs, taken in Venice, Italy ~ October 2001, is a permanent part of here is new york: a democracy of photographs.
(Due to the potentially offensive nature of the photograph, it is not shown here.)
Other noteworthy exhibits:
One Indiana Square Show juried exhibit, The Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis 2008
6th Biennale dell'Arte Contemporanea di Firenze juried exhibit, Florence, Italy 2007
Curtis Publishing Group Show Indianapolis 2005
Design Emphasis International Furniture Design Competition juried, Atlanta, GA 1996, 1992
Womyn Waxing, Womyn Weaving Women in the Arts juried competition, 1st place sculpture award recipient, Judge: Judy Chicago, Indiana University Fine Arts Gallery, 1996
The Sacred Place Experience juried furniture exhibit, Ball State University School of Architecture and Planning, 1994
Artforms '93 juried furniture exhibit, Greater Lafayette Museum of Art - Purdue University
Flying Islands Writers Center of Indianapolis Spring and Fall issues, illustrations, 1993
Fantasy Furniture juried exhibit, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN 1992
Start with Art - Arts Council of Indianapolis juried competition, recipient of Locke-Reynolds Award for painting, 1992
Whitewater Valley Annual Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking juried competition, Judge: Kay Larson - New York Magazine, Indiana University, 1991
Arts Indiana Postcard Competition, merit award winner, 1986 ~ 1991